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 Eliza Jane <I>Gilliland</I> Acton

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Eliza Jane Gilliland Acton

  • Birth 1832 County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • Death 7 Mar 1921 Wyoming, Lambton County, Ontario, Canada
  • Burial Watford, Lambton County, Ontario, Canada
  • Memorial ID 94462397

In Watford, on Monday, March 7th, 1921, Eliza Jane Gilliland, relict of the late Richard Acton, in her 89th year.
Obituary: The late Mrs. Acton, whose maiden name was Eliza Gilliland, was born in County Armagh, Ireland, in 1832, she came to Canada in 1836. She was twice married. By her first marriage to Mr. Clinton D. Knowles, she had three sons, William D. who died in 1886, Robert, who died in 1915, John of Holland, Manitoba, and one daughter, Mrs. William Fowler of this place. In 1874 she married the late Mr. Richard Acton, who predeceased her in 1917. Mrs. Acton has spent most of her long life of nearly 89 years in and in the vicinity of Watford and so is deserving of the name of pioneer. She was indeed a very worthy woman, kindly and self-sacrificing almost to a fault, being ready at any time to give a helping hand in time of sickness or of need. She was a devoted mother both to her own children and to those over whom she took the place of mother on her second marriage. Mrs. Acton was a faithful member of the Methodist church practically all her life and was most regular in her attendance upon the services of that church as long as health permitted. She enjoyed good health and retained the use of her faculties to a remarkable degree for one of her advanced years. A little over a week before her death which took place on Monday, March 7th, 1921, she had the misfortune to fall in her room when preparing to retire and she broke her hip. This hastened the end for which she awaited with a joyous expectancy, being buoyed with the strength of her Christian faith and cheered by the assurance that the end here was but the meeting of her blessed Lord and Saviour and the reunion with those who had gone before to be forever with the Lord. In the early part of the winter for a few weeks she was very ill, but had made a wonderful recovery and was able to be about again calling on her old friends and neighbours of whom she was very fond and by whom she will be much missed. The funeral took place from her daughter's home on Wednesday, March 9th. The service was in the Methodist church where her pastor, Rev. A. C. Tiffin, conducted an appropriate service. The Pallbearers were all nephews of the deceased, namely, Andrew and John Gilliland, Duncan and Joseph Acton, Jacob Saunders and John Manders. Interment took place in Watford cemetery.


['Relict' means widow.]

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  • Added: 30 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94462397
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eliza Jane Gilliland Acton (1832–7 Mar 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94462397, citing Watford Cemetery, Watford, Lambton County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by SarniaKid (contributor 46574238) .